Monthly Archives: January 2010

The Week in Pictures: 1.22.10

week in pictures

week in pictures

Welcome to another installment of The Week in Pictures! I started off another week with no solid plans and in the end, it turned out completely magical. Weekend breakfasts, morning coffee in new neighborhoods, a surprise call from a makeup artist, a nonstop rotation of Kanye tunes, evenings in dive bars with red walls, new shoes (wait till Monday!), getting called in to work at my favorite agency, matching key necklaces, sequins during the day, special deliveries of vegan delicacies and long walks through town in massive platforms. I am happier and more content than I’ve been in ages and it feels great. 2010 continues to impress and inspire me to the max.

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

Wake-up, Make-up: I got the best wake-up call on Tuesday morning from M•A•C make-up artist Amy Callahan. She needed a model to demonstrate some new products on for Spring 2010 on and I gladly agreed. The location on N.W. 23rd has state-of-the-art lighting and I love the black walls. She taught me a ton of tips and tricks and I finally realized that it’s time to invest in some new brushes. Amy works at the Lloyd Center Nordstrom M•A•C counter here in Portland and you can reach her at 503.287.2444, ext. 1066 for consultations. Isn’t she adorable?

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

Type Obsessed: A never-ending battle. I just got these vintage numbers and a roll of tape at an art store called Collage in N.E. Portland. The Helvetica necklace is of course by Star.

week in pictures

week in pictures

Chipped Walls & Cheap Drinks: There’s nothing like a good ol’ dive bar. Multiple nights this week were spent at The Know which is the best bar around because they have a painting of N.W.A. on the wall. For the record, that isn’t my PBR. After being surrounded by the stuff for six weeks on the road in late 2004, I’ve never been able to finish another can.

week in pictures

week in pictures

Thrifting Magic: What can I say? My brother always returns from epic thrifting voyages with the best gifts ever.

week in pictures

week in pictures

Trending: One of my favorite things of all time is to track down images based on themes and compile them for trend forecasting. I could do it all day, every day. Also, the Moleskine Colour a Month notebooks are working out quite nicely.

week in pictures

Drunken Dance-Off. On Wednesday night, I was laying in my black room, feeling sick and miserable while a full-on Mexican fiesta complete with burritos and Tecate ensued downstairs. At some point, tequila and bear claw slippers entered the mix and the rest is history. My brother and his friends continue to party like it’s 1999. I’m not worthy!

Until Next Week,

nubby signature


Link Love: 1.21.10

link love typography

a typography nubbytwiglet.com nubby twiglet

• Brand New has added a fantastic new selection of design-related books to their recommended list of reading.

• Pretty Much Amazing shares its favorite covers of 2009.

• I wholeheartedly agree with the list of the Top 7 Fonts of 2009. So glad that DIN was included!

• Way too funny not to share: Regretsy is where ‘DIY meets WTF.’ I think my favorite so far is the collection of NWA tennis ball sculptures. (thanks bianca)

• From kottke: “Call it overrated if you’d like, but Ssam Bar is still the only place in NYC (or perhaps the world) where you can eat, using chopsticks, German-inspired cuisine served to you by a native Spanish speaker while drinking a glass of sparkling red wine and listening to 90s hip-hop in a restaurant conceived by an American junior golf champion from Virginia whose parents were from Korea.”

• A list of the best East Village restaurants. Agree?

• The Cocktail Calculator shows you how much a drink really costs.

• Makeup guru Bobbi Brown just launched a new campaign featuring her real life friends instead of models and they look great! (via already pretty)

• 25 new high quality free fonts. Jackpot!!!

8 tips for rocking a crowded blogging niche.

• Jane of Sea of Shoes shares the amazing collection of Hanna Bernhard jewelry she and her mom just acquired. Imagine a jumbo jewel-encrusted squid, octopus and shrimp.

nubby signature


Ask Nubby #24: The Short and Sweet Edition

ask nubby advice nubby twiglet


Every few months, I do my best to gather some of the shorter questions that roll in and answer them all at once in a ‘short and sweet’ edition of Ask Nubby.

ask nubby advice nubby twiglet

You’re in luck because I covered the blogging basics back in 2008 in an article called 13 Steps to a Successful Blog-Based Business. I’d recommend starting out with a customized theme installed on a domain that you own and with your own server space so that you have full control over your image and personal files. But, if this isn’t an option, there are many free services like Blogger. To get started:

Pick a domain name: It seems like all of the good dot-coms are taken, but if you can avoid a name that is super long and full of dashes, all the better (use whois.net to see if yours is still available). If all else fails, you can make up something nonsensical (like Nubbytwiglet.com)! I’ve registered all of my domain names through GoDaddy.com. Besides being reputable, their 24 hour customer service is super knowledgeable.

Invest in server space: Once your domain name is registered, you’ll need a safe place on the internet to store your site files and images (mine is also through GoDaddy.com). It’s always a bonus if the domain name and the server space are through the same company so that the changes you make can be as seamless as possible.

Templates, templates, templates: Since I originally wrote this article, free themes have improved dramatically. Personally, I’m a huge fan of WordPress because there are thousands of free blog templates that are easily modifiable and WordPress.org gives you instructions on how to install its software directly onto your domain.

To get you started, some great themes can be found here, here and here.

ask nubby advice nubby twiglet

When it comes to fine art, I feel that the more low-tech, the better (probably because I sit behind a computer all day). Don’t laugh but the only two tools I use are kid-sized scissors and washable glue sticks. I like glue sticks because you can get a smooth finish and there is very little seeping from the edges once a piece is affixed. Also, it dries really fast and if you get it somewhere it doesn’t belong, it wipes off really easily. Once an art piece is finished, I do 2 to 3 layers of Krylon Crystal Clear to seal it and finally, pour a layer of epoxy resin over the top. The resin is the hard part because if you do it wrong, air bubbles could result or worse yet, if the mixture is off, it may never dry properly. Practice makes perfect!

ask nubby advice nubby twiglet

I regularly rotate between two Nikon cameras: The Coolpix P80 is fancier point-and-shoot and has some SLR-like qualities while the Coolpix S560 is super light, compact and perfect for throwing in my purse for everyday use. The higher end studio shots that have been recently been popping up on my blog are by my brother and he uses the Canon EOS 5D Mark II along with professional lighting.

ask nubby advice nubby twiglet

I wish I could say that I have a regular routine and I admire those who do. I am totally guilty of passing out in my makeup all the time and don’t recommend it! Right now, I am using Lancomé Renergie Microlift R.A.R.E. moisturizer (thanks mom!) and swear by Comodynes Convenient Cosmetics Makeup Remover for Dry Skin with Oats towelettes which can be found at Trader Joe’s. In December, I had my first ever facial and it was amazing. I am a total convert!

Beyond that, almost all of the makeup I use is by MAC and I’ve been a diehard Studio Fix fan for the last ten years.

I wash my hair every other day and stick with drugstore shampoo and conditioner since I go through it ridiculously fast. For the last year, I’ve had great luck with Garnier Fructis products including Moisture Works shampoo and conditioner. I let my hair mostly air dry and then straighten the ends with the Misikko Hana Elite which works faster than any other iron I’ve tried.

As for diet and exercise, I try to eat eat fairly healthy and I am a vegetarian. Beyond that, I never exercise except for some occasional walking. Working out is pretty much my least favorite thing to do in the entire universe (and I am sure that sitting on my ass all day will eventually catch up with me)! David Barton, please open a gym in Portland and I promise to change my ways.

ask nubby advice nubby twiglet

My silver nail polish is by Hot Topic and there isn’t a name on the bottle. The matte black (seen here) is by L.A. Girl and called…Matte Black! The white (seen here) is by Sally Hansen Hard As Nails ‘Xtreme Wear’ and called White On.

I am going to try to answer a new question a week as often as possible. Do you have anything that you’re dying to ask? Need some advice? Ask Nubby!

nubby signature


What I Wore: 1.19.10

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

When I woke up yesterday morning, I thought I had my day all planned out….until I got a 9 AM call from a M•A•C makeup artist who needed a model. Who can turn down trying out a new look?! Thanks to Amy Callahan at the Lloyd Center Nordstrom M•A•C counter in Portland. You can reach her at 503.287.2444, ext. 1066 for makeup consultations. I’ll be posting behind-the-scenes photos of the experience this Friday.

Style-wise, I’ve been feeling very utilitarian and post-apocalyptic. Though, I am all about adding in feminine touches like sequins and bows to balance things out. A big thanks goes out to my man friend for taking the photos.


Zipper jacket, Halogen
Cardigan, thrifted
Necklace, Miss X Jewellery
Tanks, Forever 21
Bow headband, Forever 21
Sequin leggings, H&M
Bag, Miu Miu
Lug sole boots, Camilla Skovgaard

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

nubby twiglet signature


These Numbers Mean Business.

One of my agency friends contacted me last week, wondering if I would design a ’257′ for his five year old son who races go-karts. I stayed up past my bedtime to do an experimental first round. Though his dad is the coolest ever, I’m not sure if the weapons will make the cut in the end. Just say no to hand guns and brass knuckles, kids! Stay tuned for the outcome.




The Week in Pictures: 1.15.10

week in pictures

week in pictures

Wow, what a week! I finally got to see Cool as Ice again which is truly my favorite movie ever. One of my 2010 resolutions was to watch more movies because I’ve barely seen any in my lifetime and I’m trying to make up for lost time. Though Cool as Ice was the highlight, I also saw The Germs biographical film What We Do Is Secret and Mary Poppins back-to-back. Not bad at all.

Trips to Stumptown, design collaborations, grilled cheese sandwiches, deep discussions about Def Leppard, soldering, Smirnoff Ice, photo booths, homemade enchiladas, emails from all of my best friends in New York in one day and inspirational meetings rounded out the mix. 2010 is turning out to be the best, most fulfilling year ever. Onwards and upwards!

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

White Noise. The white room at Wolfgang Manor needs a few finishing touches….but it’s almost there. Almost.

week in pictures

week in pictures

It’s Not What You Think. On Tuesday, I went out to breakfast with two of my longtime friends, Brent and Katie. I was trying to explain to Brent why I was wearing a promise ring (because let’s face it, at 28 I am not making any promises of the sort!) and realized that with the way I was showing it off, the restaurant patrons might think he’d given it to me. At that point, we played it up for the cameras. Thanks to Brent for always being a good sport!

week in pictures

week in pictures

POP. Words cannot describe how excited I was when a package of watches showed up for a collaboration between POP magazine and Swatch. My brother shot some amazing photos and I can’t wait to show you the results!

week in pictures

Fashion Notebook Returns. For the last 10+ years, I’ve kept an oversized sketchbook and filled the pages with fashion-related images that are mostly arranged by color. Over the last few weeks I’ve finished a few new pages and will be posting them sporadically. You can see all of the past Fashion Notebook scans here.

week in pictures

Fight! On Wednesday, I had lunch with one of my long time mentors, Dave Allen of Portland Agency Fight. He’s always been a big fan of social media and really supported my blogging vision in the early days. He also used to be in a post-punk band that you might recognize which only adds to his coolness.

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

Stumptown. Though I don’t enjoy strong coffee, I love the downtown location of Stumptown Coffee. It has that perfect Portland-esque feel and the people watching is beyond good.

week in pictures

week in pictures

Ring Finger. When Jewelry Art Designs offered to send me a piece of jewelry of my choice, I couldn’t resist. I am a total minimalist at heart but am trying to step it up in the new year. Usually though, I can never find anything that’s simple enough to not be clunky when I am spending 10+ hours a day on the computer. Rings tend to get in the way of my work and become more of an annoyance than a fashion statement. Luckily, I was able to find this cute yet very low profile ring engraved with LOVE and haven’t taken it off since. Maybe, just maybe this is my turning point towards wearing more jewelry in general. Plus, it’s a great reminder to always spread the love, love, love.

Until Next Week,

nubby signature